Written by Lisa Allen | Edited by Dr Mark Kapnoudhis
Skin lightening is a relative term when you look at it from the perspective of fair skin, brown skin, yellowish skin and black skin.
You might have come across numerous advertisements on the internet and other media about converting a black or brown skin into a fair skin within a few weeks. Many of you might also have tried out these methods, hoping to get fairer skin, but ended up being what you were before!
According to dermatologists from all over the world, trying to suppress the volume of melanin production in your skin could lead to negative results in the long run. So this article focuses only on the process of skin lightening and brightening without any reference to changing the tone and color of your skin from your original state.
Skin Lightening with Essential Oils
The concept of skin lightening in this section refers to reducing the excess melanin production in your skin. The factors considered are the skin disorders. The ingredients have been chosen in such a manner that they restore your skin tone to normal and natural levels.
Take ½ or one cup of scrapped coconut and blend it well until it starts forming into a thick cream. You need to extract this cream and store it in a bowl. Coconut milk is highly used in parts of South India for increasing the skin complexion among all types of skin tones, regardless of black, fair or brown.
For centuries there has been a growing concept among people (especially among the Asian and African American communities) that only fair skin is considered as a sign of real beauty. However trends show that even black and brown skin can be lightened and brightened for gaining beautiful skin without having to change the skin color or tone.
The skin lotion for skin lightening can be prepared with the combination of lavender oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, cranberries and jasmine oil. If you wish to make this mixture compatible for removing wrinkles, aging lines, black spots, acne scars and sagging skin, you need to add two teaspoons of vitamin c serum and two teaspoons of turmeric powder.
If your skin is allergic to the ingredients of vitamin c serum you can replace it with apple cider vinegar and Aloe Vera liquid to get the similar but limited effects.
Add two teaspoons of eucalyptus oil to bring in antiseptic properties into your preparation. This is the first part of your recipe which helps in achieving the above specified goals. Apply it onto your skin areas affected by any of the skin disorders specified above.
You need to continue treating your skin with these ingredients for a period of 3 to 4 weeks before it can experience any effective results. Also you cannot expect to change your skin tone with these external treatments.
You need to remember that it depends on the genetic factors which cannot be changed by any sort of external or internal treatments, unless you opt for skin grafting technique which is out of scope for this article.
Skin brightening can be done by removing the toxic elements deposition within your skin layers, removal of dead skin cell layers and nourishment of newly growing skin cells. The preparation of ingredients for this purpose is a simple and straight forward method.
You need to add one teaspoon of essential oils, coconut oil, olive oil, and lemon syrup. In order to add antiseptic properties and skin glowing characteristics you need to add two teaspoons of turmeric powder and 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder to the mix.
Since the ingredients need softening effect, you need to add one egg with white and yellow parts. Whip the mix for 30 seconds. To this mix you need to add one cut and sliced banana. Add one teaspoon of any essential oil. Blend the mix and heat it to moderate temperature.
Keep stirring the mix until it becomes a paste. Cool the mix and add two tablespoons of Aloe Vera. Stir well until the combination turns into a fine cream. You can apply this on your skin area, especially those parts which have become dull due to dryness, excess oil and other environmental and skin disorder causes.
Since this is a skin cream you don’t need to wash it after some time. Follow the procedure for about 7 days to see visible reduction in wrinkles intensity. You need to continue the treatment twice a week in order to brighten your skin.
Organic Skin and Body Care
Guggul (Indian Bdellium) is a highly skin nourishing and protecting ingredient which can be used in combination with any of the following ingredients like:
- essential oils
- coconut oil
- camphor (for acne)
- sandalwood oil
- female ginseng
- turmeric powder
- garlic powder
- vegetable oils
- natural minerals
Zinc and calcium are said to be the two natural minerals which have no serious side effects on your skin. However you need to consult your skin specialist before taking a decision to add these ingredients into your homemade skin care recipe.
Recipe for Organic Affordable Skin Care
- ½ cup of Guggul
- 1/4th cup of fatless milk
- 2 teaspoons of Shea butter
- 2 small pieces of banana
Mix the ingredients in a bowl and heat it until all the ingredients mix and become liquid. You need to prevent from boiling and take out from the stove. Let the mix cool down to room temperature.
Add 1 teaspoon of essential oil. Now add one tablespoon of Aloe Vera. You can apply this preparation on your skin areas.
This will help in regaining the brightness of your skin within a matter of few weeks. Follow the procedure for about 7 days to see visible reduction in wrinkles intensity. You need to continue the treatment twice a week in order to eliminate the wrinkles and keep them away.
Note: As long as you are using the above specified recipe it is recommended that you keep your skin away from the usage of synthetic toiletries to get good results.